Fossil Fuels

Feds shut down new drilling along Rover pipeline project

The almost-weekly spills of bentonite — a natural clay used as a drilling lubricant — have smothered wildlife habitat and gunked up water infrastructure, said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council.

“It’s one thing to have an inadvertent spill every once in a while. At what point does it stop being inadvertent and just become reckless?” she said.

Energy Transfer Partners Spills TWO MILLION Gallons Of Drilling Material In Ohio

The federal approval of the Rover pipeline reflects a dual national trend: continued reliance on fossil fuels, and the striking down of regulations against fracking public lands, according to Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council, an organization dedicated to helping individuals, communities, and businesses “go green,” as its website says.

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight

“From its onset, the Rover Pipeline project has been a disaster for Ohio’s fragile wetland ecosystems,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council. In her view, the company’s spills “demonstrate a lack of respect for both Ohio’s environment and the people who live here.”...

On May 2, the Ohio Environmental Council, Sierra Club and two other groups sued in federal court to block plans to allow drilling in parts of the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio.

The Ohio Environmental Council Announces Ad Buy Highlighting Sen. Portman's Recent Vote Against Methane Emissions Standards

Following Sen. Portman’s vote to allow the oil and gas industry to leak methane gas on public lands, the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) is releasing a statewide ad buy highlighting the vote for all Ohioans.

In a procedural vote on H.J. Res. 36 that ultimately failed 51-49, Sen. Portman voted in favor of utilizing the Congressional Review Act to strip the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rules limiting methane emissions on federally owned lands.

Keep methane emissions standards, environmentalists urge

The Ohio Environmental Council is campaigning to maintain federal methane emissions standards pertaining to the oil and gas industry as they stand today, because it says methane emissions are major contributors to air pollution and climate change.

At issue is potential relaxation by Congress of a U.S. Bureau of Land Management standard concerning activities on federal public lands, upon which the U.S. Senate may vote this week, said Melanie Houston, the Columbus-based council’s oil and gas director.


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